Sunday, August 30, 2009
I have always been fascinated by wildflowers --- in fact, my foray into botany began by wondering about the names of those flowers and weeds I saw growing along the roadsides. My curiosity lead me to take my first botany class, and I've been 'hooked' ever since.
This time of year when lawnmowers tend to leave a patch or two along the ditches, the multitude of grasses and flowers grow up in profusion in colors that announce the season - sepia, sienna, brown, gold, yellow, tapioca, yellow, green. My drives around rural North Carolina find more and more to observe and enjoy. This painting was done from memory of those drives. I was trying to capture that tangle of color and the dominence of one or two of the tallest grass varieties ... all against the fall sky. I love this time of year.
We had the grands yesterday - and really had a terrific time. We had lunch at one of those 'children' places where they could climb and slide and dispel some of the energy they always seem to have. We took them grocery shopping - that was an adventure in distraction!!! LOL Then home to cook apple crisps and pudding cups, get 'fancied' with both Nick and Emily painting my nails and nose and cheeks and lips with make-up -- LOL. Baths to cool and scrub off, walks, and trains and dinner -- a full day. Emily and PawPaw played violins while Nick joined them with a guitar -- they made quite a 'joyful' noise ...!
Today we rest. I didn't catch the news last night and can't tell whether the sun is trying to come out or we're in for a bit of rain. Regardless, chores are basically behind us and today will be a quiet one as we gear up for another busy week.